Annual Competition 2019
Welcome to the Finchley Film Makers Annual Competition for 2019.
It is now easier than ever to submit your film - check out our online application form.
Please note the following conditions and rules:
The competition is open to all members and associates of FFM and the North London Film Makers Meet Up Group, and their families. Films must be made by individuals or groups for pleasure and not for commercial gain. Members of the production team, including actors and anybody involved in post-production may not receive payment for their time other than expenses.
Collaborative efforts are welcome, but all participants must be acknowledged on the entry form.
Films may be on any subject and of any length, although keeping films to below 10 minutes in length is encouraged. Entries in the “One Minute” category must have a running time of not more than 60 seconds, including titles and credits.
It may not be possible to show all the films in full, during the public screening, in which case extracts may be shown. Shorter films are more likely to be shown in full.
Entries should be sent by WeTransfer to
Entries must have been completed in the last two years. Films entered in a previous year may not be entered again unless substantially revised.
There is no limit to the number of entries from the same person or group. A separate entry form is required for each entry.
Copyright clearance for all material, both sound and picture, is the sole responsibility of the entrant.
To encourage more people to enter, there is a special category for entries shot on a smartphone / tablet or similar device.
There is a special category for films made by children under 16 years of age. The entry must indicate any help they received.
There is a £5 entry fee for each person. Entries by under 16s are free.
Judging will be carried out by one or more independent judges. Members may have an on-line “popular vote” on the entries before the screening.
Awards (certificates and in some categories, trophies) may be given in the following categories.
Note: Certain awards may not be given if, in the opinion of the Judges, there is no deserving entry or insufficient entries.
If there are not enough entries in a category to produce a “best” film a “commended” award may be given if an entry is deemed worthy. Judges decisions are final.
Best Film – “Goldfinch” certificate, Trophy and Prize.
Second place – “Chaffinch” certificate and prize.
Third place – “Greenfinch” certificate and prize.
Potential Genre Award Categories –
Best Live Event
Best Edit to Music
Best Experimental Film
Technical Awards –
Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Lighting, Best Editing, Best Acting, Best Commentary,
Best Story / Script.
Other Awards -
Best “One Minute” Film
Best Film shot on a Smartphone
Best Film made by an entrant aged Under 16
Although the closing date is midnight on Friday 7th June 2019, it will assist the competition organiser if entries can be sent in as soon as possible.
Many of the entries for these various competitions are submitted for the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) national competitions.
The club also enters the IAC North Thames Region competitions.